The chief of staff for Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has been named the state’s next chief information officer. Governor Eric Holcomb on Friday announced he has selected Tracy Barnes to serve as CIO for the state of Indiana.
“Tracy offers the vision and skills essential to growing the digital strategy required to power great government service,” said Holcomb. “His combination of private sector and public service experiences will ensure the state is on the cutting edge of technology, cybersecurity and policy.”
Barnes has served since 2017 as the chief of staff for Crouch. The governor says Barnes brings significant business leadership and information technology experience to his role, having previously served as Deputy Auditor and IT Director for the Indiana Auditor of State.
“He spearheaded the implementation of the State’s electronic Grants Management System, transformed how we deliver broadband to rural communities and challenged our agencies to make diversity and inclusion a priority,” Crouch said.
Barnes was also president and chief executive office of Carmel-based ENTAP Inc., an IT consulting and outsourcing services firm.
He starts his new role on March 30.
Barnes succeeds Dewand Neely who stepped down as the state’s CIO last fall to take a new position with Eleven Fifty Academy.